Another landmark Parisian square, Trocadéro is actually laid out in a semicircle facing the wings of the Palais de Chaillot and beyond that, in a direct line, the Eiffel Tower. Named after an Andalusian fort occupied by the French in 1823, it was not given its present shape until 1858, when a first Palais de Chaillot was built.
The 1937 Exposition Internationake replaced the palace with the present monumental buildings, which house several museums.
Around the area are well-frequented cafés and restaurants, including the salon de thé Carette, a regular on the Passy agenda.
No fewer than four museums, a theater, and a cinema are housed in this colonnaded mammoth, which commands a stunning perspective of the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars, directly across the Seine.
Built for the Exposition Universelle in 1937, its curvedwings are dotted with glittering bronze statues and the wide terraces overlook a fountain-ridden garden.